Game 2014.32: Twins 3, Tigers 9

Quick turnaround today with a couple of Mother’s Day Weekend afternoon games. Hopefully the weather is as beautiful where you are it is here in Dallas today.

Hughes now owns nearly 20% of the opposing victories versus the Tigers this year, and last night was Verlander’s first loss agains the Twins since April of 2010. I was so much younger then.

That’s the second straight start where Verlander has allowed crooked numbers in the 7th after 6 shutout innings.

The Tigers will honor Leyland in a pregame ceremony today. Check out JV’s tweet – https://twitter.com/justinverlander/status/465140994879799296. The Tigers have been one of the top franchises in all of basball for nearly a decade now, and Leyland was a big part of that. I believe that he instilled a expectation of winning. Thanks Jim.

AL K and ERA leader Mad Max rights the ship today.

1. Kinsler, 2B
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 1B
4. Martinez, DH
5. Jackson, CF
6. Kelly, LF
7. Castellanos, 2B
8. Avila, C
9. Romine, SS

23 Comments

  1. StorminNorman$

    May 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    prime culprit the past 2 games: DET hit 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position in its last two games.

    i agree with Kevin’s comments re: Mr Leyland (though DD and Mr I contributed greatly to JL’s team), but with all due respect i still believe the best decision he ever made as the DET mgr was retiring after last season.

    • Vince in MN

      May 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      An even better decision would have been if he had retired 5 years earlier.

  2. jud

    May 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks Jim for turning things around in Detroit. Something we enjoy now everyday!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Agree….I always admired his ability to motivate folks as they would march thru fire for him! Well done Jim! God Bless You!

      • Jim EggersUSMC

        May 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

        You’re welcome!

  3. Coleman

    May 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Here we go again. Cabrera is a LOB machine right now.

  4. Coleman

    May 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Saved by the B.O.O.Bs!

    • Coleman

      May 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      And the Clowns.

  5. jud

    May 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Wait can we borrow two of these runs for yesterday!

    • Coleman

      May 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Yes I think we need that home run to be retroactive, let’s get on that.

      • Coleman

        May 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        Never mind, it looks like we might need it for today.

  6. StorminNorman$

    May 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    VMart has rediscovered the power stroke…wonder how long before the opposition start the PED rumors

    • StorminNorman$

      May 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      BTW – VMart’s HR is the best form of retaliation for the HBP on Cabrera

      • Vince in MN

        May 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        Definitely Tiger MVP so far.

  7. jud

    May 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Amazing that Kinsler can have a high batting average with all the pitches he hacks at no where near the zone

  8. jud

    May 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Is this Coke proof???

    • Vince in MN

      May 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Apparently Ausmus is trying to work him back into shape by letting him pitch to only RH batters. Now, if Miller could have success against LH batters our problems would be solved, as they switch OOGY roles.

      • jud

        May 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        And if that were the case we would all be happy!

  9. StorminNorman$

    May 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    how fitting on Jim Leyland Day… rolling out Phil Coke in the 9th…

  10. jud

    May 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Coke should get a hold
    , a save ,and a win for that performance!!!

    POG…no doubt!

  11. jud

    May 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    The Tigers have 21 wins….THe White Sox have played 20 home games….who makes these schedules ???

  12. Smoking Loon

    May 11, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Cabrera’s 9th inning play on the 3-6-3 was one of the best of the year. He’s more than an upgrade at 1B – he’s a revelation.

    Max had an off day. The bullpen had an on day.

    Don Kelly is having a fine season. Great play at the left field fence early, nice at bats all game. I think he deserves a bit more respect. Wouldn’t call him the 25th man. More like 15th, if you put the starting rotation in there ahead of him.

    The baserunning continues to impress, both games this series. Loved the steal of 3B by Kinsler with Miggy up. Glad that “taking the bat out of his hands” philosophy is past history. Opponents can’t take so much for granted any more. I like that.

    I’ve thought about it, and I think I’m in favor of Victor continuing on his 40 HR pace, even if does mean displacing Cabrera as the AL MVP.

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